This has been a challenging year for me. I spent the winter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 training and riding almost 200+ miles a week on my mountain bike. 2012 was going to be the year I started racing competitively— I even signed up and paid for a couple of races in advance. Well, all of that was abruptly put on hold when we were rear ended and suffered severe whiplash during a 6 car pile up on Hwy 17. Several long months later, and I am just now starting to feel my mojo and getting back out there as much my body permits.
One of my favorite things to do now that I am feeling a bit better, is going on group rides. I get to ride bikes at whatever intensity level I am able to handle that day and socialize – sounds like a win-win to me. I especially love the rides put on by my local mountain bike club – the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay. Besides occasionally leading the Intermediate+ Ride Like a Girl ride, I also enjoy attending the monthly Gala Ride. It gives me an opportunity to ride areas I may not normally seek out myself. It is also a great networking opportunity and constantly introduces me to new people to ride bikes with.